Sec. 7. (a) Whenever the department finds it best to relocate or to consolidate highway
crossings over railroads in this state, it has jurisdiction for that purpose, and
may serve the board of county commissioners and the railroad companies with notice,
and shall proceed to hear and determine said matters, and thereupon make such orders
as, in the opinion of the department, are necessary to make the said relocation or
consolidation effective. Such orders shall be binding upon the parties so served with the notice, and if
not observed by them within the time prescribed in said orders, the department shall
proceed as provided in section 4 of this chapter to enforce such orders.
(b) Whenever it shall be desired to establish or extend a highway at grade over any
railroad in this state, it shall be necessary, before establishing or extending the
highway, that the petitioners shall, by a procedure to be prescribed by the department,
petition to obtain the authority of the department under IC 8-6-7.7-3.4. The grant or refusal of authority therefor by the department shall be final and
conclusive except as provided in this chapter.
(c) Whenever it shall be desired by any railroad company to construct a new railroad
at grade over any public highway or highways in this state, it shall be necessary
for a company, by a procedure to be prescribed by the department, to petition to obtain
the authority of the department under IC 8-6-7.7-3.4, but it shall not be necessary to obtain such authority when such new railroad has
secured its rights of way or is under construction. The grant or refusal of such authority shall be final and conclusive, except as
provided in this chapter. Nothing herein shall prevent the department from subsequently altering or rescinding
any grant or refusal of authority to construct such highway or railway, if, in its
discretion, such alteration should be made.
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